Junior dos Santos

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Júnior dos Santos
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Born Junior dos Santos
(1984-01-30) January 30, 1984 (age 30)[1][2]
Caçador, Brazil
Other names Cigano, JDS
Nationality Brazilian
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)[3]
Weight 242 lb (110 kg; 17 st 4 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 77.0 in (196 cm)[4]
Style Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Team Nova União[5]
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Yuri Carlton[6]
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 20
Wins 17
By knockout 11
By submission 3
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Website http://www.juniordossantos.com.br/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 21, 2013

Júnior "Cigano" dos Santos (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒũnjoʁ dus ˈsɐ̃tus]), (born January 30, 1984) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Heavyweight Champion. As of January 17, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings after the champion Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum[7] and ranked the #2 Heavyweight in the world by Sherdog.[8]

Background[edit]

Born into a poor family, dos Santos was raised by a single mother. In order to help his family, he started to work at the age of ten. His first serious contact with martial arts only happened when he was 21 years old, when dos Santos began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Yuri Carlton. After only six months of training, he won a few jiu-jitsu tournaments in Salvador.[9][10] Dos Santos was soon invited to join an MMA practice, where he met his boxing coach Luiz Carlos Dórea, and roughly a year after he started training jiu-jitsu, he made his debut professional fight.[11][12]

Early career[edit]

Dos Santos became professional in 2006 at the age of 21. He fought in small promotions in Brazil, such as Demo Fight, Extreme Fighting Championship, Minotauro Fights and Mo Team League. He won six of his first seven bouts, suffering his only loss to Joaquim Ferreira, a fighter he'd previously beaten.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2008–present)[edit]

Debut (2008–2010)[edit]

Dos Santos debuted for the UFC on October 25, 2008 at UFC 90. Considered a major underdog,[13] he knocked out top contender Fabricio Werdum at a minute and twenty seconds of the first round with a strong uppercut,[14][15] earning himself a "Knockout of the Night" award.[16]

Returned on February 21, 2009 at UFC 95 he fought promotional newcomer Stefan Struve defeating him at fifty-four seconds of the first round by TKO.[17]

On September 19, 2009, Dos Santos continued his winning streak and defeated Mirko Filipović at UFC 103.[18] During the third round Filipović was dominated in the clinch with knee strikes and punches. A knee from the clinch and a right uppercut apparently caused damage to Mirko's left eye causing him to verbally submit.[19]

Dos Santos was supposed to fight Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 108. However, Gonzaga pulled out of the bout on November 25, 2009, due to a staph infection.[20] Instead on January 2, 2010, dos Santos fought Gilbert Yvel,[21] winning the fight via TKO at two minutes and seven seconds of the first round.[22]

Dos Santo defeated Gabriel Gonzaga on March 21, 2010, at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones by knockout in the first round.[23] earning him his second "Knockout of the Night" award.[24]

Heavyweight title contender (2010–2011)[edit]

Dos Santos faced Roy Nelson on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117.[25] The fight saw Dos Santos use a variety of strikes and, for the first time, a successful takedown.[26] Despite dos Santos' striking ability, Nelson was able to stay in the fight,[27] resulting in the fight going to decision.[28] Dos Santos won via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–27, 30–27).[29] Following the win Dos Santos was expected to challenge Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title. However a torn rotator cuff suffered by Velasquez sidelined the champion for nearly a year.[30][31]

Junior Dos Santos in action against Shane Carwin in the main event of UFC 131.

On January 11, 2011, it was revealed that Dos Santos would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Season 13, opposite to Brock Lesnar.[32] They were scheduled to face each other on June 11, 2011, at UFC 131,[33] but Lesnar pulled out of the bout due to a recurrence of diverticulitis and was replaced by Shane Carwin.[34] Dos Santos dominated Carwin and defeated him via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26),[35] relying predominantly on his boxing skills,[36] but showed more variety in his game by landing a couple of kicks and completing two takedowns in the third round.[37][38]

UFC Heavyweight Champion (2011–2012)[edit]

Dos Santos faced Cain Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1 for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on November 12, 2011.[39] He defeated Velasquez in 64 seconds of the first round via KO to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship[40] He dropped Velasquez with an overhand right and finished him off with a series of punches.[41] The performance also earned him his third "Knockout of the Night" award.[42] After the fight, it was revealed that he had a torn meniscus in his knee;[43] he subsequently underwent a successful knee surgery.[44]

Dos Santos was scheduled to face Alistair Overeem on May 26, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 146.[45] On April 4, 2012, the Nevada State Athletic Commission announced Overeem had failed a pre-fight drug test.[46] with the end result that Overeem's request for a license was denied.[47] On April 20, 2012, Dana White the UFC president announced Frank Mir would be replacing Overeem.[48] dos Santos was able to keep the fight standing, showing his superior boxing skills, resulting in a KO in the second round.

A rematch against Cain Velasquez was expected on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[49] However, it was later announced by Dana White that the fight would take place in Las Vegas on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. dos Santos fell short to Velasquez after five rounds of a one-sided match and lost his title via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-43, 50-44).[50] This marked the first time dos Santos had suffered a loss in the UFC. Dos Santos later claimed that he was training so hard prior to the bout with Velasquez that he developed rhabdomyolysis, a (sometimes fatal) breakdown of muscle fibers that releases their contents into the bloodstream and that the condition affected his performance during the fight.[51]

Back into contention (2013-present)[edit]

Dos Santos was expected to face Alistair Overeem on May 25, 2013 at UFC 160.[52] However, in early March, Overeem pulled out of the bout citing an injury.[53] The bout was expected to be rescheduled for a future event,[54] However on March 9, UFC President Dana White confirmed that dos Santos' next opponent would be Mark Hunt at the same event.[55] In the UFC 159 post-fight conference, Dana White indicated that if dos Santos defeated Hunt, he would be the #1 contender for the heavyweight championship. Junior won the fight via third round knockout in a bout that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

A third fight with Cain Velasquez took place on October 19, 2013 at UFC 166.[56] Although Junior experienced more moments of success than in their second fight, Junior was still dominated by Velasquez for most of the fight. He lost via TKO at 3:09 of the fifth round after landing on his head during an attempted submission and follow up punches from Velasquez.[57]

Dos Santos was expected to face Stipe Miocic on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[58] However, the bout was slightly delayed and was scheduled to take place a week later on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[59] However, on May 5, it was announced that Dos Santos pulled out of the fight citing a hand injury[60][61] and he was replaced by Fabio Maldonado.[62]

A rescheduled bout with Stipe Miocic eventually took place as the main event at UFC on Fox 13.[63] Dos Santos won by unanimous decision. The 5 round battle earned Dos Santos his second 'Fight of the Night' honors.

Personal life[edit]

Dos Santos states that Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is his hero.[64]

He is a Roman Catholic.[13]

In January 2013, he announced that he had divorced his wife of ten years before competing at UFC 155.[65]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • FIGHT! Magazine
  • Sherdog
    • 2010 All-Violence Third Team[66]
    • 2011 All-Violence First Team[67]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 17–3 Stipe Miocic Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Santos vs. Miocic December 13, 2014 5 5:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 16–3 Cain Velasquez TKO (slam & punches) UFC 166 October 19, 2013 5 3:09 Houston, Texas, United States For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 16–2 Mark Hunt KO (spinning heel kick) UFC 160 May 25, 2013 3 4:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–2 Cain Velasquez Decision (unanimous) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 15–1 Frank Mir TKO (punches) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 2 3:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Win 14–1 Cain Velasquez KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos November 12, 2011 1 1:04 Anaheim, California, United States Won the UFC Heavyweight Championship; Knockout of the Night.
Win 13–1 Shane Carwin Decision (unanimous) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada UFC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 12–1 Roy Nelson Decision (unanimous) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 3 5:00 Oakland, California, United States
Win 11–1 Gabriel Gonzaga KO (punches) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 1 3:53 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 10–1 Gilbert Yvel TKO (punches) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 1 2:07 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Mirko Filipović Verbal Submission (eye injury) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 2:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 8–1 Stefan Struve TKO (punches) UFC 95 February 21, 2009 1 0:54 London, England
Win 7–1 Fabricio Werdum KO (punches) UFC 90 October 25, 2008 1 1:20 Rosemont, Illinois, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 6–1 Geronimo dos Santos TKI (doctor stoppage,cut) Demo Fight 3 May 24, 2008 1 0:44 Salvador, Brazil
Loss 5–1 Joaquim Ferreira Submission (armbar) MTL: Final November 10, 2007 1 1:11 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 5-0 Jair Gonçalves KO (punches) Mo Team League 2 September 29, 2007 1 2:52 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 4-0 Joaquim Ferreira Submission (verbal submission, exhaustion) XFC: Brazil April 29, 2007 1 5:20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Edson Ramos TKO (doctor stoppage) XFC: Brazil April 29, 2007 1 8:45 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Eduardo Maiorino Submission (guillotine choke) Minotauro Fights 5 December 9, 2006 1 0:50 São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Jailson Silva Santos KO (soccer kick) Demo Fight 1 July 16, 2006 1 2:58 Salvador, Brazil

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Achievements
Preceded by
Cain Velasquez
16th UFC Heavyweight Champion
November 12, 2011 – December 29, 2012
Succeeded by
Cain Velasquez